Liberia Wins Men’s 100m Medal at 2016 African Championships

mataLiberia’s Sprinter Emmanuel Matadi  has placed Third in the Men’s 100m at the 2016 African Senior Championships which took place from Jun22 -26.

Matadi is one of the two runners to already qualify for the Liberian Olympic Team in Rio. Four other runners are still fighting to make the team before July 11.

According to a dispatch from Manseen Logan, Liberia Olympic Blog Editor also emailed this outlet some important facts about Liberia participation at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

On Day 1 of African Senior Championship, a Liberian female sprinter Ada Udaya took the 3rd placed in her 100m heat and 4th in her semi-final heat, at the 20th African Senior Championships which began Wed. June 22.

Udaya, along with other global track & field athletes, is fighting to qualify for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games. The athletes have until July 11 to clench their spot among the 2,005 international track stars that will compete in Rio.

The Liberian runner clocked in at 11.67 seconds, which does not give her automatic ticket to Rio. She missed the 11.32 seconds women’s entry standard by .35 seconds (that’s a blink of an eye) and did not make it to the Women’s 100m finals. Thanks for your time and we hope you will consider sharing this story on your site.

For Day 2 of the game, during the Men’s 100m finals, Matadi fell to 5th place sharing the 4th fastest time (10.24 seconds) with a South African sprinter.

Every four years, the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) hosts the athletic championship. This year it was held in Durban, South Africa. Two-time Liberian Olympian Sayon Cooper leads the Liberian Track & Field Team as head coach

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Liberia’s Results at the 2016 African Senior Championships

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.